Singapore 4G beats 5G download speed and video experience of others

Singapore 4G
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Opensignal’s latest State of Mobile Network Experience reveals that even with 4G Mobile Network, Singapore provides better mobile network experience than countries with 5G.

  • Out of 100 countries, Singapore stands 6th for Download Speed Experience, ahead of 5G-ready countries such as Australia, Switzerland, Germany and several others. 
  • Singapore landed with a score of 47.5 Mbps, up 21% from first quarter of 2019
  • Singapore overtakes Japan to take the top spot for best Video Experience in APAC, placing 5th against all the countries covered in this report.
  • Singapore stands 6th in the Asia Pacific region on 4G Availability, with a score of 94.2%, up 4.1 percentage points (or 4.5%) from the first quarter of 2019.

With the recent announcement on the winning bids for Singapore’s 5G network licenses, what can be expected for Singapore’s eventual 5G rollout given its already outstanding performance on the 4G network? Opensignal finds that in many markets, much work is still needed to provide users with a good mobile 4G experience as it will continue to be the foundation for mobile experience and will be necessary for offering 5G services.

The report examines 100 countries and compares their performance across six metrics, these include; Download and Upload Speed Experience, 4G Availability, Video Experience, Games Experience and Voice App Experience, surveyed from January 2019 through March 2020.

Some noteworthy APAC highlights include:

  • South Korea tied with Canada globally on Download Speed Experience. South Korean users observed the highest speeds in the Asia Pacific region — averaging 59 Mbps.
  • Japan has the highest 4G Availability (the percentage of time that 4G users’ smartphones spend connected to a 4G signal) in the world, with a score of 98.5%, beating South Korea by just 0.1 of a percentage point.
  • Users in Nepal observed the largest improvements in percentage terms in Asia Pacific between the first quarters of 2019 and 2020 across three metrics: Video Experience, Download Speed Experience and 4G Availability. Thailand saw the second-fastest growth in the first two of these, while Bangladesh experienced the second-largest improvement in 4G Availability in percentage terms.

Download full report here.

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